Her beauty is spellbinding. Her hunger is insatiable. Her power is immortal. A creature of the night, Sarafina lives only for pleasure, but love is an emotion she has deemed forbidden. Experience has taught her that love leads only to betrayal and pain, and she wants no more of pain. She cares for no one, tolerating only the presence of those she can control utterly. With her powers, she is convinced she can break anyone. Willem Stone cannot be broken. He is a challenge Sarafina cannot resist--a man as boldly alive as she is, a man with a will of iron, yet a mere mortal. And the only thing stronger than the clash of their wills is the power of their desire. But when vampire hunters take Amber Lily, the only child ever born to a vampire, Sarafina and Willem must put their struggle aside and combine their strengths in a rescue attempt that could cost them their very lives. And in the process, they find the most powerful force of all: love.
MELTING FROSTY by Maggie Shayne For Matt, Christmas has aroused painful memories ever since his father died, leaving his family all but destitute and Matt with far too much responsibility too soon. Holly lost her family in a tragedy- - but found solace and strength in the holidays her family loved so much. So when Matt and Holly cross paths, it's more than fate - it's a chance for both of them to find the one perfect gift they have both searched for all their lives... CHARLOTTE'S WEB by Erin McCarthy For the longest time, Charlotte Murphy has burned for Will Thornton. But as far as Charlotte can tell, Will sees her only as a friend. Tired of waiting for Will to recognize her as the sexy, wanton woman she truly is, Charlotte decides to fall back on her genes - and embrace the witch within her. Her newfound powers offer a tempting way to get what she wants out of who she wants. But does she really want a man like Will to love her because of witchcraft - or because he wants to? BEAT OF TEMPTATION by Nalini Singh Young Tamsyn has always held a special place in her heart for her powerful fellow packmember Nate. But as a dominant male leopard in the pack, the more experienced Nate doesn't want to trap Tamsyn into the fierce demands of the mating bond - a bond driven by the animal within - when she's hardly had the chance to grow into a woman. But Tamsyn knows what she wants for Christmas, and she's going to get it ... GIFTS OF THE MAGI by Jean Johnson Steve Bethel and his fiancée, Rachel, could use a few miracles right about now - the family bed-and-breakfast is mortgaged to the hilt, the biggest blizzard in half a century is ruining the shortest day of the year, and their guests are canceling right and left. Then three strangers show up at what seems like the darkest hour, looking for a place to stay for the holidays ...
Who or what are the Extraordinary Five?For fans of Heroes and The X-Files, delve into the mysteries of Family Secrets with books 1-4. This first collection contains Enemy Mind by Maggie Shayne, Pyramid of Lies by Anne Marie Winston, The Player by Evelyn Vaughn and The Bluewater Affair by Cindy Gerard.
WIFE WANTED -- Love not required or even desired. Or so Chicago cop Jimmy Corona thought when he returned to his Oklahoma hometown and ran smack into Kara Brand. All Jimmy wanted was to find a mother for his son, someone to keep little Tyler safe while he took down his latest perp. Instead, he found that the shy, awkward Kara he'd known from high school had blossomed into a genuine beauty with a big heart and courage to spare -- qualities he learned to value when danger followed him to town and only Kara stood between his son and certain death. Suddenly love didn't seem like such a scary prospect after all.
Whether by birth, by chance, or even by default, the people in these two full-length novels find their path to parenthood in unexpected ways. Reissue.
Detective Vincent O'Mally has always been able to remain calm and objective while investigating even the most gruesome of crimes. But when he finds two missing children dead in an abandoned house, his well-ordered life turns upside down ... When the FBI takes over the case, a traumatized Vince reluctantly agrees to take some time off--but vows to find the murderer on his own. With a piece of crime-scene evidence to guide his investigation, he travels to a small town in upstate New York, where he meets Holly Newman--a fragile woman whose sister was abducted and killed years ago. Vince is convinced that her sister's death is linked to the recent murders--and that essential clues are hidden deep in Holly's mind. Now, desperate to solve the one case he just can't let go, he must find a way to reach this lovely, lonely woman--and help her confront the searing memories that have haunted her all these long, painful years ...
From the masters of paranormal romance, three brand-new tales of seduction...The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter, A Lords of the Underworld tale. An iron-willed demon assassin, angel Lysander has never known lust until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of Lucifer, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the pure-hearted Lysander into temptation....Love Me to Death by Maggie Shayne. Twenty-two years ago four teenage boys were convicted of a young girl's murder. Now, in the form of a beautiful woman, the "victim" is seeking vengeance. And only one man dares to dig into the past to uncover its secrets...and set her free. Lady of the Nile by Susan Krinard. Lady Tameri believes herself to be the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian princess, and Leo Erskine has set out to prove her wrong...never dreaming that they are about to discover a prophecy that will bind them together forever.
This trio of irresistible stories from Maggie Shayne, Linda Winstead Jones and Day Leclaire touch the heart of who we are and what we desire. . . ;. Melinda Terwilliger is a mild-mannered teacher-until she accidentally becomesThe Toughest Girl in Town. But she meets her match in an undercover cop determined to get to know the real Melinda. . . ;with kisses hot enough to melt any woman's heart!When law secretary Nell Rose is snowbound with a handsome stranger, keeping her New Year'sResolutionbecomes nearly impossible. Why swear off men when a romantic weekend with a reclusive writer seems to be the ideal way to ring in the new year?Plain Jayne Myleston seduced her office crush at a masked ball-and then found she'd turned up the heat with the wrong man! Even after the ball, she can't say no to herMystery Lover. That is, until Jayne finds out who he really is!
Four HOT New York Times bestselling authors. A HOT fiction quartet that will really arouse interest. In the tradition of the HOT bestselling anthology, Fantasy. Four HOT predators... Four HOT women. THIS IS HOT BLOODED... A bound man with a voracious appetite... A werewolf with human desires... A shape-shifter with one basic need... An immortal lover with a passion for mortal women. These are the stories of Hot Blooded.
BACK FROM THE DEAD? Ben Brand had thought nothing could hurt more than losing Penny, his cherished wife. He was wrong. When Penny mysteriously turned up on his ranch, dazed but alive, Ben faced a new kind of anguish. His beloved had no memory of her past-or of him.Ben set out to discover what had happened to his wife. Penny had to remember everything: who she was, where she'd been-the love they'd shared-because he couldn't stand to lose the only woman he'd ever loved-again.This family was born, bred-and bound to be wed-in Texas!
Two enthralling paranormal romances in one volume from the New York Times bestselling author. In Destiny, the Immortal High Witch Nidaba is captured by a madman. After endless torment, she escapes-but is deeply altered. Centuries later, she is found by Nathan King, who loved her long ago. But the beautiful woman he cherished has been replaced by a bitter, angry shell of her former self. If Nathan is to soothe her, he must face the horrors that she barely survived. In Immortality, the Immortal High Witch Puabi thinks herself as good as dead-until she is rescued by millionaire Matthew Fairchild. Still grieving over his late wife, he is startled to encounter a bewitching woman who looks eerily like his lost love. But Puabi is like no one he's ever met before-and she may offer him the passion he needs to heal his heart.
A classic tale of love and laughter with a touch of the Undead from the New York Times bestselling author of the Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor novels. A vampire hunter gets the surprise of her life when the man she saves from a bloodthirsty vampire is so grateful for her service that he decides to become her sidekick--much to her dismay.
www.MaggieShayne.com To save innocent lives, they'll have to risk their own. Self-help superstar Rachel de Luca and Detective Mason Brown have finally given in to their overwhelming attraction to each other, but neither of them is ready to let physical passion turn into full-blown romance, so they carefully maintain an emotional distance. Then a judge's daughter disappears, and Mason has a terrible sense that it's connected to the most recent case they solved together: the abduction of Rachel's assistant. The discovery of a string of missing women-all young, all troubled-seems like a promising lead. But there's no clear connection between the missing girls and the high-profile young woman Mason is trying to find. He realizes that once again he'll have to rely on his own well-honed instincts and Rachel's uncanny capacity to see through people's lies in order to catch a predator and rescue his captives. But can they do it before Rachel becomes his next victim?
Four of today's hottest authors--Maggie Shayne, MaryJanice Davidson, Jacey Ford, and Angela Knight--present a quartet of sexy tales about bold women who take no prisoners, either in a fight or in love.
First you drink, then you DIEThe Nightcap Strangler, who terrorized the town of Shadow Falls sixteen years ago, has finally been executed. Case closed. Until Bryan Kendall's lover is murdered in the notorious killer's unique style and the rookie cop stands accused. Has someone committed the perfect copycat crime...or was the wrong man put to death?A continent away, Dawn Jones hears that her first love has been accused of murder and knows that only she can help him. But to do so, she'll have to face the very fears that drove them apart.Together they'll work to uncover secrets someone's willing to kill to keep, and renew a love as dangerous as it is inevitable. And their best lead is the girl found dead in Bryan's bed, reeking of the whiskey poured down her throat before her killer squeezed it shut.A killer who thinks that Dawn, too, could use one last drink...
The husband: Dylan Rossi had bitterly agreed to the divorce his ice princess of a wife wanted so badly. But that was before the accident that had stolen her memory--of him, of their awful marriage, of much, much worse.... The wife: Someone was trying very hard to kill Caitlin Rossi, a wealthy woman who'd made enemies she couldn't remember--enemies that included the handsome husband she feared as much as she desired.... The marriage: Once separate bedrooms had kept the Rossis apart. Now only the continued loss of Caitlin's memory would keep them together....
"Once upon a time, there lived three witches...."As a child, Amarrah loved her grandmother's stories of three witches who were members of the king's harem. But they were more than just stories. Amarrah knows she was there with them...and now their legacy, along with an ancient box that once belonged to them, lies in her hands.Charged with keeping the box safe, Amarrah is heartbroken when it is stolen from her while she moves to America. Years later, she is shocked to see it on TV and is determined to get it back. Tracking the artifact leads her to Sergeant Harrison Brockson, a handsome soldier who stirs memories of a man she knew centuries ago in ancient Babylon. Is Harrison the key to finding the box-or could he be her destiny?Prequel novella to Maggie Shayne's exciting trilogy, The Portal.
The first three novels in Shayne's popular miniseries featuring the Brand family of Texas is now available in this volume. In "The Littlest Cowboy, " a newborn baby leads the sheriff to a mysterious woman. In "The Baddest Virgin in Texas, " a little Miss Nice Girl wants to change her image to snare a handsome cowboy. And in "Badlands Bad Boy, " the baddest Brand is shocked to find he actually needs someone.
Once Bitten, Twice Shy Before she joined Reaper in hunting Gregor's gang of rogue bloodsuckers, privileged princess Topaz was gunning for just one vamp: Jack Heart. The gorgeous con man had charmed his way into her bed, her heart and her bank account, taking her for half a million dollars and vanishing without a word. Now she and Jack--maddeningly attractive as ever--are supposedly on the same side. As Reaper's ragtag outfit scatters, Topaz sets out to solve a mystery that's plagued her all her lives, mortal and immortal: what really happened to her movie-star mother, who died when Topaz was just a baby? With four men claiming to be her father, why has she always been alone? And what stake does Jack have in discovering the truth about her past? Topaz is sure he's up to something--but her suspicions are at war with her desires. . . .
Maggie Shayne's Shadows Bundle. Don't miss these classic tales that started the Twilight miniseries! - includes Twilight Phantasies, Twilight Memories, and Twilight Illusions For centuries, loneliness has haunted them from dusk till dawn. Yet now, from out of the darkness, shines the light of eternal life . . . eternal love. Twilight Phantasies Cruel fate condemned Eric Marquand to walk forever in shadow - alone. To possess his soulmate was to destroy her. But Tamara believed in taking fate into her own hands. . . . Twilight Memories Rhiannon was a dangerous creature of the night. If Roland cast her away, it would be like driving a stake through her heart - exactly what the mortal on her trail wanted! Twilight Illusions He was the greatest of his accursed kind. But Damien's ancient mystic power was threatened by a terrible weakness - a passion for a woman of mortal flesh and blood. . . .
She was born to save what he is sworn to destroyA lapsed Wiccan, Indira Simon doesn't believe in magic anymore. But when strange dreams of being sacrificed to an ancient Babylonian god have her waking up with real rope burns on her wrists, she's forced to acknowledge that she may have been too hasty in her rejection of the unknown. Then she meets mysterious and handsome Father Thomas. Emerging from the secrecy of an obscure Gnostic sect, he arrives with stories of a demon, a trio of warrior witches-and Indira's sacred calling.Yet there's something even Tomas doesn't know, an inescapable truth that will force him to choose between saving the life of the woman he's come to love-and saving the world.
A dedicated doctor struggling to raise money for a much-needed community health clinic, Lucinda Brightwater is beginning to feel as though time is her enemy. Besides the clinic, she desperately wants a child, but how likely is that for a single thirty-four-year-old who works long hours--with no man on the horizon? So when a man who's hard to resist makes her an offer that's hard to refuse, Lucinda agrees to marry Holden Fortune for one million dollars. The notorious bachelor needs a "respectable" wife in order to claim his inheritance. Lucinda needs her clinic. The terms? One year. In name only. No strings. No strings, maybe, but there's a lot of heat, making it hard for cooler heads to prevail, especially since it appears Luanda's other dream is now on its way....
Spellbinding paranormal stories by four stellar authors that will send shivers of desire down your spine. In "Tempting Fate" by Susan Sizemore, Desiree dreams she spent a passion-filled night with sexy rock star Jon Coyote...and that he told her he was a vampire. But when Desiree discovers she is mysteriously pregnant, her erotic fantasy takes a strangely realistic turn. An angry ghost is haunting Caroline's house in "The Darkness Within" by award-winning author Maggie Shayne. But when sexy private investigator Jim Lipton offers to help discover what is going on, Caroline suspects that he has a personal interest in her ghost -- and in her. In "Cobwebs Over the Moon" by Lori Handeland, Manhattanite Carly Kelly is pursued by werewolves across the wintry Alaskan wilderness, and only ruggedly handsome soldier Dylan Shepard stands between her and death. Lycanthropy takes an exotic tropical twist in "Crazy for the Cat" by Caridad PiÑeiro. When scientist Jessica Morales travels to the Amazon jungle, she discovers that beneath the savage grace of her local guide, the handsome Javier da Costa, lurks a hidden wildness that is as tempting as it is dangerous.
DANCERS IN THE DARK by Charlaine HarrisDancer Layla Rue Le May's childhood prepared her to handle just about anything, including her aloof partner, Sean McClendon, a three-hundred-year-old vampire. But when she acquires a stalker, Layla Rue is surprised to find that Sean is the only one she can trust.HER BEST ENEMY by Maggie ShayneKiley Brigham refuses to believe there's a ghost in her house, but when an unseen hand leaves a bloody message on her mirror, she's forced to turn to local psychic Jack McCain. As the two work to uncover a long-buried secret, Kiley finds that she's haunted not by spirits, but by thoughts of Jack....SOMEONE ELSE'S SHADOW by Barbara HamblyMaddie Laveau worries about her young roommate, Tessa, when she stays late to practice ballet in the old Glendower Building...and when Tessa goes missing, Maddie enlists mysterious tenant Phil Anderson to help. But is Phil the white knight she needs, or the predator she fears?
Now in trade paperback for the first time--the New York Times bestseller featuring today's most popular authors. Love is the universal language. And nowhere is this more apparent than in these extraordinary stories from four of today's hottest authors. From a futuristic cop caught in a crisis of the heart to a smoldering vision of an unusual love triangle, from the hunger for a human touch on an alien planet to a witch's desperate search for the love of one man, these tales of paranormal romance will transport you to a time and a place you've never been before.... Out of this World Featuring: #1 New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb--with a Lieutenant Eve Dallas story #1 New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton--with an Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter tale and New York Times bestselling authors Susan Krinard Maggie Shayne .
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